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Sweeter Than Sin (Secrets & Shadows Series #2)

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by Shiloh Walker
 

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CAN'T FORGET THE PAIN
It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn't make it any easier-especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that

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CAN'T FORGET THE PAIN
It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn't make it any easier-especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed.

WON'T RESIST THE PLEASURE
Nothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam's ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can't ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer's quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body-until he realizes he'll risk anything if she'll give him her heart...in Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker.

"Shiloh Walker's writing just gets better and better...[and] the sex is sizzling." -RT Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/25/2014
Walker’s second Secrets & Shadows romantic thriller (after Deeper than Need) advances the story arc of a small town’s secrets coming to light, but it shortchanges the reader on both romance and suspense. Lana Rossi began her decades-long self-imposed exile from Madison, Ind., after a failed attempt to publicize the heinous activities of the Cronus Club resulted in a night of discoveries and death. New developments lure her back to see her father, and she soon runs into Adam Brascum, who fell for the passionate Lana when they were in their teens. Shortly after her incognito return, Adam invites her to stay with him and confide in him. More deaths of several members of the notorious club affect other townsfolk, including Noah, Lana’s first love, who’s now planning his wedding to another woman. Awkward pacing and perfunctory romantic development are only slightly offset by a significant reveal. Agent: Irene Goodman, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

“Intense, beautiful, and deserves all manner of celebration.” —USA Today on Deeper Than Need

“Suspense and intrigue are paired perfectly with romance and intimacy.” —Reader To Reader on Deeper Than Need

“Lots of sexual tension, which makes the romance more real, and...tension of a slowly revealed evil, which lurks beneath, bubbling under the entire plotline.” —RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) on Deeper Than Need

“Her writing just gets better and better...her plots twist in very interesting ways, never giving fans the feeling that they've read this one before. The sex is sizzling, but never intrudes on the plot.” —RT Book Reviews

“Shiloh Walker has an addictive writing style that draws you into her characters' emotional pathways and lets you feel with them what they are experiencing. Romance and taut suspense go hand in hand...” —Smexy Books

“Shiloh has a unique way of drawing you in, making you feel like you are right there with the characters.” —Harlequin Junkie

“[Shiloh] writes well-defined characters, great storylines, and most importantly - great smut.” —The Book Vixen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250032416
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/30/2014
Series:
Secrets & Shadows Series , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
727,657
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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CHAPTER ONE

It could be said that Adam Brascum loved women.

It could be said.

But it would be off-target. Adam didn’t love women—he didn’t hate them, but he didn’t love them, either. He needed them.

The soft curves, the scent of their skin, the husky voices as they whispered to him in the night. If he worked it right, he could spend the night with any number of them and he wouldn’t have to be alone unless he wanted.

Wouldn’t have to be alone, with just the voices in his head, the memory of a phone call, the memory of a smile, the memory of the girl he might have been able to save.

If only he’d done something.

Now, years after, when it was far too late, he was doing something. Drowning his sorrows between the thighs of just about any woman who would have him.

There had been a time when he’d drown his sorrows with a woman, along with the help of his good friend Captain Morgan or maybe some Jack Daniel’s, but that had all stopped on a cold, wintry day. He could still remember the soft, sad words spoken in his ear, and at the foot of a grave he’d made a promise.

He didn’t make them often, but when he did, he kept them.

So the booze was gone.

His only vice now was women.

Lately, though, that vice wasn’t doing it for him anymore.

He barely knew the name of the woman in bed next to him. She was beautiful, a long, sleek woman maybe ten years older than him, and she had left him feeling like she could put him through his paces for the rest of the night. He’d slept maybe thirty minutes, her neck tucked against his chest, her hand resting on his stomach.

And then the nightmare hit.

He was standing in front of the house.

Just standing there.

It was dark.

It was cold.

The dimly lit windows mocked him. If he moved any closer, the lights would go out and he’d find nothing.

But he could hear her. Her voice, whispering his name.

Adam … why didn’t you help …

Why didn’t you …

Why didn’t you …

*   *   *

He came awake, choking back the oath. He’d learned long ago that when he made noise, whatever partner he had in bed with him tended to ask questions. Questions weren’t the kind of thing he liked to entertain in bed, so he eventually figured out how to strangle the groans, the curses … even the screams.

After all these years, it was second nature.

Next to him, there was a long, soft sigh. He froze, listened.

After years and years of slipping out of beds, he’d all but perfected it to an art and he could almost tell to the second when a woman was about to wake.

She shifted, rolled onto her belly.

Adam turned his head, stared at her in the dim light filtering in through the skylight. Her face, all but lost in the darkness, was a clean oval, her skin a warm, rich brown, her lips sweet and full. She had a wicked laugh and she’d looked at him like she had more than a few ideas about any secrets he might harbor. She’d looked, and she hadn’t cared.

I just divorced a son of a bitch who’d been cheating on me for eight years. I knew, and I couldn’t leave him. Now I can. She told Adam that, sitting across from him at the sports bar he owned, staring at him with clear eyes. This is how I burn those bridges.

He’d lifted an eyebrow at her. Just how do you burn them, Jez?

He was the only man I ever shared my bed with and I plan on changing that damn fast. I’m almost fifty years old and I don’t want the only man I’ve slept with to be a lying, cheating son of a bitch.

Adam was a son of a bitch, but he couldn’t be called a cheater. He’d never married, never even had a serious relationship. Again, it went back to promises. If you didn’t make them, you didn’t have to worry about breaking them.

I might be a son of a bitch, but I’m clear on the rest of it.

She’d smiled at him.

They’d ended up in her room at the B&B, not the big one in town but a smaller, quieter one out near the river, and she’d all but turned him inside out. A hungry woman, a hot woman … who should have left him too burned-out to dream.

But here he was, on the edges of a desolate nightmare.

While Jez slept on.

He leaned in, brushed her cheek with his lips. “Find somebody who’ll do more than just share your bed, Jez,” he murmured.

She made a grumbling sound under her breath and then sighed, a faint smile curving her wicked, delicious mouth.

Then she shoved her face into the pillow.

He was gone in less than three minutes.

But he didn’t go home.

Instead, he drove out to the house that had haunted his nightmares. Yet again.

It stood there, a silent sentinel on the river. What secrets it guarded Adam didn’t know.

It hadn’t yielded an answer in all this time.

And now there was a new owner. It wasn’t likely any answers would ever be found. A new owner—pretty lady, from what he’d heard. A young kid. Blowing out a sigh, he put the car in reverse and did a three-point turn.

He hadn’t gotten answers in all this time.

It wasn’t going to happen now, either.

Chicago

She had a ritual.

Get up in the morning.

Run three miles. Come back home. Do one hundred push-ups, two hundred sit-ups, shower, brush and braid her hair and then sit at the computer and take care of business before she went down to work. After work, she’d come up here, check her email again, read and then eat. Sometime around midnight or so, she would go to bed.

And all the while, she waited and she worried.

This was her life.

This was the only life she knew.

It was boring.

It was lonely.

It was safe.

It was comfortable.

Sometimes she hated it, but mostly she needed it.

Needed it because she remembered a time when she hadn’t had the safety. Nights when she hadn’t even had a bed. Days when she hadn’t had food in her belly. Days, weeks, months that had passed in a blur of nothingness, all because she had to forget, had to bury who she thought she was.

You can do anything you set your mind to, baby.…

She’d been told that from the time she’d been just a little girl. Was it arrogance that she’d believed it? She hadn’t thought so at the time. But looking back, she’d realized those words had just been encouragement from an adult to just convince her to try.

She’d thought she could do extraordinary things; she’d set out to do just that. Then came the one thing that seemed so simple.

In the end, it had been huge, an insurmountable wall, and although that wall needed to be scaled, she just wasn’t strong enough to do it.

Instead of changing things, she’d ruined her life and the lives of how many others?

She couldn’t even begin to count.

So she didn’t try to change things in a big way anymore.

She focused on little things. If a guy needed food, she’d give him food. If somebody needed clothes, she’d find a way to give him clothes. More than once, she’d taken the shirt off her back—she always wore two around here, a T-shirt and a bigger outer shirt, a flannel in the winter, a work shirt in the summer. If she came out with fewer clothes than she left with? No big deal.

When she first started this new … life … if that was what she had to call it, somebody had told her, Keep your head down. Don’t cause trouble, don’t look for it. Don’t attract attention.

So that was what she did now. She helped in small ways, because she hoped it might balance out the scale eventually. But she avoided trouble. She worked hard and she kept her head down.

It wasn’t enough, but she tried to pretend it was.

She wasn’t going to let anybody get hurt over her again.

But then the day came when she couldn’t keep up her nonexistence. The day, boring as it was, started like any other. She could hear the rattle of the L outside her window, smell the scent of coffee, bread from a bakery down the street. Car horns beeping and she rolled over, stared up the window with a sigh.

It was never quiet in Chicago. She’d long since gotten accustomed to it, but she missed silence, even now. After a minute or two of lying there and letting her brain wake up, she rolled out of bed, hit the floor and headed to the bathroom.

Five minutes later, she was out the door and ready for her run.

It was miserable hot, even at six a.m., and she dodged the commuters, the people rushing to and from the subway. Businesswomen in pretty suits with sensible shoes they’d swap out later. Some brave souls already wore their toothpick heels even to navigate the streets of Chicago, and that always made her smirk a little.

She was more at home in her boots and tennis shoes, but some of those heels did fill her with a wistful sort of envy, made her remember a time when she’d had a small—very small—hoard of pretty clothes. She’d had to bust her tail to get them, but she’d cherished them that much more. She’d loved just being a girl, pairing this shirt with that skirt, messing with her hair, playing with makeup, spending a ridiculous amount of time in the bathroom as she got ready for the day.

These women reminded her of who she might have become. Their sharply cut suits, the way they moved through life. They had a sense of purpose.

She envied it.

She had no purpose anymore. She hadn’t had purpose in far longer than she cared to think about. No purpose, no goals. No goals, other than maintaining the status quo.

You can’t worry about him now. You need to rest up, heal.

Those words echoed in her mind, even now.

She wished she could banish that voice.

Wished she could just silence it, forever.

But that wasn’t going to happen, and she knew it.

While memories chased her, she ran, her feet pounding the pavement, her breathing sawing in and out of her lungs.

She consoled herself with the knowledge that the monster responsible for all of this was dead and the evil he’d spawned had also died. It wasn’t good enough and it didn’t undo what he’d done.

It wasn’t much, but it was all she had.

The memories still haunted her and her impotence, her fear, chased her, choked her.

So she ran harder.

That was part of her routine, too.

Life was just routine, and it had been for a good long time.

Her routine crashed to a halt that hot, muggy day.

It was at precisely 7:42. Eighteen minutes before she was supposed to be downstairs, when she took over the store.

Her life went straight to hell … all because of a Google alert.

Clifty Drive.

The words jumped out at her, quick as a snake.

She knew that name. She’d tailored this search down to catch only the things she needed.

And this was something needed.

It was an announcement in the paper. A small paper, from a town in southern Indiana. A place so small, most people had never heard of it.

She had, though.

The announcement was short, simple and to the point.

All about a house, one that had sat empty for years.

And now it wasn’t.

Somebody had bought the damn thing.

Leaning back in her chair, she rubbed her hands over her face and tried not to panic.

Somebody had bought the old Frampton place.

That didn’t have to mean anything … did it?

Copyright © 2014 by Shiloh Walker

Excerpt from Darker Than Desire copyright © 2014 by Shiloh Walker

Meet the Author

Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer...yes, really! She's also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched in April 2014. Look for the newest book Deeper than Need, to be followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire.
She writes romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.

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Sweeter Than Sin (Secrets and Shadows Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I was very interested in reading Adam’s story!  I also expected it to be a little darker than the previous book.  Since the blurb doesn’t state who the heroine is, this mystery woman that comes to town, I won’t give anything away.  Suffice it say that I knew this had to happen, I thought it would happen later in the series, but I’m glad it happened for Adam.  Second chances at getting the girl you always wanted, who was never yours.  Yeah!  I’m sold! But while yes, we get romance, I was so much more interested in uncovering the secrets of Madison (the town) than anything else.  I loved every bit of it, like a crack addict in need of her next fix.  And I can’t wait for more!  This town has so many skeletons in their closets it’s so entertaining to watch.  And told by the hand of Shiloh Walker is pure decadence. The Queen of Romantic Suspense does it again! SWEETER THAN SIN is thrilling and unexpected.  It uncovers mysteries and secrets.  It definitely shocked me at times.  But in the end I wasn’t shocked because if there is one thing I know for certain when picking up a Shiloh Walker romantic suspense is that my mind is guaranteed to be blown. So while not everything was perfect, the romance was less prominent in this book than in the previous, and the heroine drove me a bit batty at time, this is still a strong installment in the Secrets & Shadows series.  As always with Ms. Walker’s romantic suspense series, you should read them in order!  And you must read the whole series through. ;)
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
The story of the little town of Madison, Indiana continues with the riveting story about the fallout with the discovery of the Cronus Club and all the people connected in one way or another.  I don't want to talk specifics about everything going on in this story because I do not like reviews with spoilers.  To give a little hint of things going on, there is murder, mystery, HUGE amounts of deception, and through it all there is a quiet little love story happening.  Let me say that Shiloh Walker has outdone herself again.  These Secrets & Shadows Novels just keep getting better and better.  One scene that sticks with me is the scene with Caleb and Noah.  Heart wrenching!!!  The plot twists were OUT OF THIS WORLD!  I wanted to shout out loud with my shocking reaction.  Just when I think I have it all figured out, there's another twist in the story.   This entire series is a MUST read.  I am super excited for the next book in this awesome series! Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sophia-Rose1 More than 1 year ago
After the last book, I most eagerly dove into this one. The mystery and suspense and all that is going on in the small town of Madison grabbed me up. As I pushed through this one, I encountered one reveal after another. There are layers upon layers of secrets here so that even if I got a few sorted, the answers just led to more questions. And that was...so good. I love it when I have my confidence shaken when I think I've got the answers and turned upside down by a twisty story. Shiloh Walker is to romantic suspense what Betty Crocker is to cookbooks. I can't believe I waited so long to pick up her books. Anywhozit, I'm going to suggest anyone who doesn't want spoilers for the first book to stop here. I try to keep stuff spoiler free, but I don't want to responsible for screwing up someone else's reading experience. This is not a standalone or one to be read out of order. It definitely needs to be read after book one and even better if you can get the prequel series of books too for even better connection to the story. 'kay, now that you're warned, here's my summary. This book picks up right where the other left off though a few more lead characters have dropped into the mix. In Madison, all hell has broken loose and in a sense I don't mean that figuratively. The cover-up for the rape and torture club hidden in the community is no more. The town is awakened to it thanks to several people setting things in motion so that over two decades of secrets are pouring out. But not all of them. Men have been arrested, other men have been taken down by a mysterious vigilante, and still others hide in the shadows. Jensen Bell and her boss the chief of police are hunting answers in their way while Noah and Adam also work with the abused boys trying to gently coax what they know and help them heal. Meanwhile men are dying with confessional notes left near their bodies of their part in the club of abusers which destroys families and reputations. The news of all this reaches the attention of a woman who has been hiding for twenty years. She thought it all ended twenty years before. She had been promised that their actions that bloody night ended it all, but now she sees that it just kept going even without the Sutters and the ones she knew about that were killed. The guilt and anger rushes in as she realizes that while she first tried to destroy her life with drugs and then later just hid away from life and who she really was that boys were still being used and hurt. It all never stopped. Now she's got to pull it together, go back, and do what she can to make sure it ends for good this time. Noah wasn't the only one who lost the girl he loved the night Lana disappeared. Adam, the boy across the street, had loved her even longer than Noah, but he didn't act on it just waited for her to grow up. But then she chose Noah never even knowing about him and then she disappeared. He was quieter about his self-destruction, but he was right there with Noah except he switched from the booze to women as his choice of addiction when his parents died. Now after all these years, every day is a struggle and his control is on shaky ground. It doesn't help that the town that was simmering has now had the lid blown off. He's not sure how much more he can take, but that's when the mysterious woman comes to town and he realizes that maybe now most of the secrets will come out. I didn't summarize as much as I tend to do because I don't want to mess up the shock value of getting all the secrets as they come for those who plan to read this book. In fact, I'm going to keep a tight lid on my thoughts about this one when it comes to my afterthoughts for the same reason. The author built things up in the last book and let loose a string of reveals near the end. In this one, the reveals came as soon as I started reading because in a sense it’s not really a new book so much as just a new segment of an ongoing one. Adam was an important side character in the last story and in this one, he takes point and gains a love interest in the mysterious lady. Adam was nearly broken by his demons that are all a result of unrequited love and a form of survivor's guilt. I was so glad to see him get put back together and get the support of a woman who not only understands his addictions, but can tight slap those jerks in the face because of her own troubles. Although, even though I'm not saying much about her, this gal was driving me nuts the way she dilly-dallied around about giving up what she knew. I get the problem; I do- really I do. But as a reader, it was tough to see her holding some really high cards and not playing them so that everyone had to wait while she got up her courage. She dinked around until it was almost too late. The romance, hot as it was, once again, had the feel of being slightly separate from the suspense and mystery going on. The romance was back burner because of the secrets sitting between the two of them and all that is going on around the town. These two characters play a strong role, but there are others just as deeply if not more so involved. There are several narrators some unknown because they are what I call the shadow characters working in the background. Most of the time, I'm not keen on the villains or even key ambiguous players getting a voice because it spoils the suspense for me, but gotta say...it really didn't matter. I had one figured out and figured out a bit of what was going on and why, but it still doesn't help when it comes to other things that are still a mystery. This is where I am totally in awe of this gal's writing. She's got this plot set up like those Russian nesting dolls. There are mysteries inside mysteries. It's a tad confusing right now, but I'm still keenly vested here. One of the bigger reveals toward the end that shows who gets the next story has me just salivating for that third book. All in all, if you haven't guessed yet, this was one intense ride that I can't wait to jump on again for round three. Romantic suspense lovers who like the romance spicy and the suspense darker and gritty need to go for this series. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker is the 2nd book in her Secrets and Shadows series. The main focus of this series was tragic events that took place 20 years ago, with many of the men involved in this small town, and a major scandal that is beginning to rip the town apart. The sins of the fathers come to play, as revelations are discovered about the Cronus Club, and the abuse of the young boys over the years. Noah and Adam were two of our main characters, along with Trinity in the first book. This book is darker, as truths are discovered and vengeful deaths are still happening today. Adam is our hero in this book, and our heroine turns out to be the missing Lana, from 20 years before. When she learns that a body was discovered in the old house (this was part of the first book), Lana decides she must return to help end the horror and put things to right. Adam has always loved Lana, though when she left, she was involved with Noah, who has now moved on with Trinity. It took Adam almost 15 years to overcome his drinking addiction, but he uses sex with any women to survive his loss of Lana. Lana herself overcame a drug addiction, as she ran away and hid from the truth. When she arrives in town, it is Adam who will recognize her, and after recovering from the shock, he takes her to his home, as she has no money and he wants answers. What follows is a mystery that has so many twists and turns, you cannot read too quickly as you will miss an important clue or revelation. The whole town is in uproar, as so many upstanding citizens are discovered to be part of this club. As everyone is trying to pull themselves up from this tragedy, someone is killing off the members of the club, who are still alive. Within this intense mystery, the romance that is rekindled between Adam and Lana is very well done, as they help each other try to resolve so many of the missing pieces, as well as rise above their own demons of the past. Shiloh Walker has written an intense story of terrible subject, and the effect it has on the lives of others. Sweeter than Sin is also is a very sensual romance between two people who need each other. The exciting climax resolves some surprising twists, but there is still more answers to come, which will be in the third book of this series.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
sultry sexy suspensful romance=5 star book!! This is a story that involves Adam and Lana.  Adam is running the local bar where all the locals gather and he hears the local stories, the gossip. Adam had a problem with drinking a while back and at times, it can be hard to run the bar, especially when he is stressed but he does it. In comes Lana. Lana left Madison about 20 years ago to escape the death and sex abuse that rocked this small town. When she hears the murders and sex abuse are again rocking the small town she decides she needs to head back to fight her demons. There she meets Adam and finds that Adam is fighting demons of his own, which one is being a recovering alcoholic. Other demons they are fighting is being victims of sexual abuse. The story line can be heavy at times. Adam and Lana work together to put the demons in their past at rest and work together to find out who is committing the current murders away. The story line really was entertaining and at times had me very sad for the characters. There were twists and turns I didn’t see coming but I liked that. I can’t wait for book 3 to come out. I highly recommend that you read book 1 in the series-“Deeper Than Need” which starts this story and better explains things.  I really recommend this story. It is very entertaining even if you are coming into the story as a first time reader. The interaction between Adam and Lana was hot; their scenes in the book literally leaped off the page. Kudos to Ms. Walker for writing such a sensitive topic and making it work without being overly “vulgar”. my rating 5 stars *****             *****received this book from Netgalley for my honest review******
Rebecca1RS More than 1 year ago
The first thing I should say about Sweeter Than Sin is that I read it without having read the previous books (3 Novellas - Burn For Me, Break For Me, Long For Me then Deeper Than Need) and I feel this is not a standalone read but far better read after Deeper at least, to do justice to the incredible story Shiloh Walker is weaving.  It's extremely disconcerting while reading Sweeter to think that these type of horrific events and ugly patterns of human behaviour are reality to some, that while I may be reading fiction, real life events put this story in the authors head. Sweeter Than Sin is darker and grittier than anything I have read of Ms Walker's before but is extremely well written. The story weaves and curves, taunts you, sickens as much as it fascinates. The love story of Adam and Luna almost took a back seat for me to the events and circumstances that surround them past present and future. The twists and turns in this book just kept on coming and the last 80% on my kindle I was speechless.  CAN’T FORGET THE PAIN It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn’t make it any easier—especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed. WON’T RESIST THE PLEASURE Nothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam’s ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can’t ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer’s quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body—until he realizes he’ll risk anything if she’ll give him her heart Shiloh Walker writes some damn fine contemporary romances however, this proves she can do romantic suspense just as well. Adam is a fabulous alpha male, haunted bad boy and Luna is the emotionally and physically scarred girl he never forgot. He's had his issues with alcohol and women (total man ho) over the years but when Luna returns to town to finish what she started all those years ago he is transported back to all the feelings he had back then, that no matter how many women he has had in between, none have had the emotional attachment he has for Luna and they are most definitely unfinished business. Now she just…sat there. He wanted to yank her out of that chair, push her up against the wall and kiss her stupid. Then he wanted to yell at her. He wanted to go to his knees and beg her to tell him what was wrong. He wanted to get lost in her…and then maybe beg her to… Hell. He didn’t know. He wanted a resolution. He wanted answers. He wanted her. He had always wanted her, but she’d always been untouchable. Now she was like a shadow and life was a f**king monstrous mess. And he was…ruined. She slid him a glance and he fought the urge to look away. Every woman he’d touched over the years, he’d either pretended he was touching her or he’d done it to forget her. Every drink he’d taken had been to dull the pain or to punish himself for not saving her. I hate reviews with lots of spoilers or over explaining the plot and characters so I am not going to do that, to say any more about the people, place and events would ruin the unexpected ugly twists, turns and emotions that make this book. It will have you speechless in sheer horror, rooting for the heroes or are they the villains? Silently screaming at your kindle “enough already, give them a chance, a HEA please “and “oh hell no, please, they didn`t “. I will be picking up Deeper Than Need to correct my reading order and understanding before Darker Than Desire comes out in March 2015 because I really want to see where this story ends and I know Shiloh is going to turn me inside out in the process.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Sweeter Than Sin, Shiloh Walker Review from jeannie zelos book reviews   So, I made a big mistake here..I’d read some of Shiloh’s paranormal works and knew I liked her writing style, so didn’t do my usual research on this book. I therefore missed that there were three novellas and a full length book prior to this one, and that its an on-going series.  I loved the story, dark and gritty, and the way it was told but....I was lost so often, having to back track to see who was connected to whom, and where people fitted in the story. It really left me in the dark and missing vital points. There are some terrific characters and storylines here, but to appreciate them properly I needed to read the earlier books, and of course if I'd done that I would have realised it wasn’t a stand alone, and not been surprised and disappointed at the somewhat abrupt ending where I felt I still has so many questions. It wasn’t til I’d finished and felt it seemed like there was more to come that I discovered what I’d missed. Don’t make my mistake, read the earlier books – you’ll get so much more from this well written and dark, gritty suspense novel. What’s scary though is that I could see this really happening, the way people convince themselves that what they want to do it fine because they create “reasons” and “benefits” to the people being abused...and the way people in small towns are often so inter-related or lifelong friends that they draw together to avoid scandal...Its wrong, but everyone knows it happens and standing up to it is hard when you don’t know who you can trust, but leaving it lets the crimes become more entrenched and hidden deeper. Gah! Got that off my chest. Its a novel that even though I missed much of the connections and history made me think deeply and feel so much for the characters involved. Stars: Four, had I read the previous novels I’d be giving this a five I think, but as it is because I was so lost I didn’t fully get engaged with it so that's why it’s dropped a star. ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers 
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to read Sweeter Than Sin after reading Deeper Than Need. This is a great series that deals with some very dark issues. Shiloh Walker is a very talented author that has created a great mystery that left me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next and who was going to do it.  Sweeter Than Sin  deals with Adam's part in the story. Adam has some issues of his own and has dealt with them in various ways. He's drank his sorrows away and then found comfort in the arms of many many women. However he just can not let go of the secret promise he made 20 years ago. It haunts him that he may have been able to help a friend that was in need.  I really liked Adam even though he started of the serious playboy that would sleep with any woman. I could see that Adam really is a nice guy that really does want to help everyone. He goes through some really rough times in this book. I hate to give too much away, it really doesn't say much about the mystery lady that is in town. I hate to tell you who she is because that may spoil part of the story for you. However I will tell you that she is in town to reveal things from the past and maybe just maybe find out some of the things she doesn't remember from her own past. She has dealt with a lot in her life as well. She has fault additions just like Adam. When these two connect they add some really hot steam to the storyline.  There are so many things happening in this town. I commented a few times that Shiloh was keeping me in suspense making me wonder who a few of the mystery people where. There are many twists and turns and unbelievable mysteries revealed. HOWEVER there are still some things that remain unknown! I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I will be anxiously awaiting it's release.  Even though this story does deal with some very dark demons it also deals with some really great people that are there to help those that have been affected by the monsters.  Shiloh Walker is one really talented author that can keep me on the edge of my seat with a mystery and keep my kindle running a little on the warm side from the steamy scenes.  Like I said I have had the pleasure of reading Deeper Than Need so I have read the first book in this series. However I think Ms. Walker has done a fine job of explaining the past in this book that you could read it as a stand alone. Although Deeper Than Need is a pretty great read so you may want to pick it up as well. 
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
While I enjoy reading romantic suspense, I don’t read a lot of it because it tends to be difficult to find authors who can achieve the right combination of romance, action, suspense and sex in the way that appeals to me. I am not the kind of reader who tries to figure out “who done it” before the reveal. I enjoy following the evidence, seeing where it leads, and being surprised as the facts come to light; I don’t enjoy it when an author leaves so many clues or the story is so predictable that I’d have to have had a lobotomy not to figure it out. Thankfully Ms. Walker’s Secrets & Shadows series gives me everything I enjoy about romantic suspense and does so without the need for a frontal lobotomy. That said, I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! I had my suspicions about Caine and I was right. But that is the only question I had from Deeper Than Need that I got an answer to, and while Sweeter Than Sin does answer a few of the questions raised in book one it raises so many more.  I started this book knowing it was going to be Adam’s story. I was fascinated by Adam in book one and was looking forward to it. However, once I started reading and realized the identity of the mystery woman (as she’s referred to in the blurb), I was blown away. Sweeter Than Sin quickly shifted from a book I was looking forward to, to one that I knew was going to interfere with my sleep for the night. Sure enough it did. Apparently I read until I passed out and when I woke up a 4am with my Kindle on the bed beside me, I picked it back up and proceeded to devour the rest of it.  As there is an underlying storyline to the series, I won’t discuss more than is in the blurb (no spoilers here folks). Madison is rocked yet again with another murder. But murder is not the town’s only sin about to be revealed. While I had my suspicions after reading Deeper Than Need, it turned out to be so much worse than I expected and shocked does not even begin to cover my reaction. Ms. Walker does an excellent job of infusing the book with Adam’s budding romance and it turns out that he is just as hot as Preach was in the first book. My goodness that man knows his way around a woman. Sweeter Than Sin is a brilliant addition to the series – answering some questions brought up in book one, while posing a whole new set of questions. Already I am chomping at the bit for the next book in the series.  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
livzletlivz More than 1 year ago
I’ve always loved Shiloh Walker books especially her psychic novels. In fact her FBI psychic novels were the first of the kind that I’ve read and have been hooked since then. Her Secret & Shadow Series is another sinfully dark and dangerous series taking you into the tiny town of Madison, cloaked in dark secrets, overflowing with abuse and torment and trusting a person very well may take you to the doors of death. The second book in the series, “Sweeter Than Sin”, (first is Deeper Than Need – Noah/Trinity), moves the story further along to Adam and Lana. Mind you, Sweeter Than Sin can be read as a standalone, but it would be so much more meaningful if read in sequence. Adam runs the only bar in the town of Madison, a torture he endures as he is a recovering alcoholic and hasn’t touched booze for the past fifteen years. He is one tormented guy with a past filled with pain and lot of questions. The anger, the wait, the endurance is what makes Adam a normal human being trying to forget a past that refuses to let go. He runs a secret forum along with Noah to help teenagers with issues and a forum that brings to light some secrets that have been plaguing Madison. If booze is one end of the temptation scale, Lana has been the other end of the scale that he couldn’t ever forget twenty years and wondering if she is alive or dead! Lana is back in her hometown after twenty years of hiding, to make things right and bring justice to the crimes that have been covered under the dark skies of Madison. As she tries to put together the pieces of her past, the relation she shares with Adam is one that cannot be ignored or denied. Lana’s always been the one to protect her family and friends and would do anything to save a life. If Noah has a special place in her heart twenty years ago, it’s Adam who makes her heart hum and lose herself mind, body and soul.  As Adam and Lana try to make sense of crimes happened twenty years ago, there is a vigilante on the streets killing the plague that has been roaming the streets of Madison. Secrets are being exposed and the masks of some powerful people in Madison are been ripped off…..yet there are still some left to bring to justice. A power packed story with passion and suspense riding each page.